PM holds McLellan SNC Lavalin report until ethics report release

OTTAWA- Justin Trudeau says he’s received a “great’’ report from former Liberal cabinet minister Anne McLellan on the SNC-Lavalin affair. But the prime minister says it won’t be made public until federal ethics commissioner Mario Dion releases his own report into the explosive affair that rocked the government last winter and sent Liberal popularity on a downward slide from which the party has not yet fully recovered. Dion’s office won’t comment on the status of his investigation but Liberal insiders privately expect the report will be released in early September – just as the campaign for the Oct. 21 election moves into high gear. Trudeau is likely hoping to blunt the impact of a potentially damaging report from the ethics commissioner by releasing McLellan’s report at the same time. He…

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